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Entrepreneurial Success and Occupational Inheritance among Proprietors

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  • Bernard F. Lentz
  • David N. Laband

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Roughly 50 percent of self-employed proprietors are second-generation proprietors. These individuals acquire informal business experience while growing up in the context of a family business. Since some of this informal experience substitutes for more formally acquired schooling, measured rates of return to the latter will not be as high as for wage/salary workers. Early acquisition of managerial human capital that can be acquired only through experience implies differentially greater proprietary success for second-generation proprietors compared with first-generation proprietors. The authors present evidence in favor of both hypotheses.

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  • Bernard F. Lentz & David N. Laband, 1990. "Entrepreneurial Success and Occupational Inheritance among Proprietors," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 23(3), pages 563-579, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:23:y:1990:i:3:p:563-79
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